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phrasal verb [transitive] informal
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyknock back
he/she/itknocks back
present participleknocking back
past tenseknocked back
past participleknocked back
  1. 2
    knock someone back British to cause problems or delays for someone

    One or two problems have knocked us back a couple of weeks.

  2. 3
    British to refuse to accept someone or something

    He’s been knocked back by every girl in the school.

  3. 4
    knock someone back something British if something knocks you back a particular amount of money, you have to pay that amount of money for it

    How much did the repairs knock you back?

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